6 Ways to Use Home Automation for Thanksgiving
Save time and energy this Thanksgiving by using simple home automation. Smart technology will help you have the best holidays yet.
Thanksgiving is almost upon us, a time of gathering the family together and feasting on delicious food. No one likes to admit it, but it can be a stressful time too, with so many things for us to do.
From finding extra chairs for the dining room to cooking dinner, you might wonder how you can fit everything in.
Don’t panic – help is at hand. Using simple automation, you’ll be thankful for your smart home this year.
Let’s see how to set up your devices to help you have the best holidays yet.
1. Be Smart about Climate Control
Keeping the temperature steady is the key to keeping your guests happy while they wait for dinner. Let your smart thermostat decide on the ideal climate, especially when extra people and a hardworking oven push up the temperature.
If you have smart shades, they’ll raise and lower according to the time of day and the available light.
2. Choose the Right Lighting
Thanksgiving means lots of food, and you’ll spend much of your time in the kitchen. Use your smartphone to control the lights, giving you plenty of crisp, bright light so you can see what you’re doing.
Set up your dining room smart lighting before guests arrive. Choose colored lighting to match your decorations or go for a subtle, understated “candlelight inspired” lighting scheme to bring everyone together.
3. Pick the Right Entertainment
Thanksgiving means football so why not watch the game on your smart TV. Not all of your guests will want to watch football, so set up your smart hub (a Google Home or Amazon Echo, for instance) to play a customized playlist in another room.
Or let the kids stream cartoons through Netflix on a separate TV.
4. Greet Your Guests in a Smart Way
If you’re slaving away in the kitchen, you don’t want constant interruptions as guests arrive. Check who is at the door using your smart video doorbell. Greet them and let them in using your smartphone. Direct them to wherever the fun is happening and stay on top of cooking!
Smart doorbells also save time in the days running up to Thanksgiving. If you have deliveries arriving, you can tell the delivery man where to leave them if you’re not home.
5. Bring Smart Technology into the Kitchen
Don’t want to spend all day cooking? Invest in a Crock-Pot WeMo Smart Slow Cooker. Slow cookers are a “hands-off” style of cooking, but their smart cousins allow you to monitor settings wherever you are. You can start off part of the meal from your smartphone while you get ready upstairs.
And if your guests are running late while you’re watching the game, you can extend the cooker’s warm mode, so it doesn’t switch off.
Didn’t get to the store in time? Worried you don’t have enough ingredients? Use the Drop Scale which will adjust the recipe according to what you do have at home.
Amazon’s Alexa also comes with a Turkey Skill to help you plan the turkey. Tell Alexa how much the turkey weighs, and she’ll tell you how long to cook it for.
6. Let Roomba Tidy Up
All that cooking and preparation will create a little mess. Save time and energy by letting your Roomba tidy up. Set it off and let it clean while you do something else around the house.
While none of these devices can do the preparation for you, they can help to relieve some of the stress. You can also control them all from a single interface using the SURE Universal Remote app.
Manage your Thanksgiving operations using just your smartphone.
Over to you – what smart technology will you be using this Thanksgiving?